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In the Arizona desert, coal era burns out for Navajo

BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Tradition has it that the spiritual forerunners of the Navajo people picked this spot — the high mesa land of the American Southwest — and assured the Navajo they had reached a kind of promised land. The Diné, or “children of the Holy People,” as the Navajo call themselves, were taught not to stray from the land bracketed by four sacred mountains, where they would never know the earthquakes, tornadoes and other calamities that beset their neighbors. The Navajo scratched out a living from the sparse…

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Two months later, California wildfire victims begin to rebuild

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Jennafer Carlin Rosset had a bad feeling she wouldn’t be returning to her house when her family evacuated their Santa Rosa, California, home in October. “I knew it was going to be bad,” she told NBC News. “We had an alarm on our house and even though it wasn’t alarmed — basically when the house went up in flames, my husband got about 50 messages on his phone.” Two months later, fire-ravaged debris still litters many neighborhoods in Northern California, where 44 people died and more…

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ISIS ‘still exists’ through brainwashed victims it CONTROLS, warns priest

Father Daniel said the death cult still exists in the minds of people brainwashed while living under their rule in Iraq and Syria.  The priest told Express.co.uk those who were forced to live under ISIS rule in towns and cities controlled by the group had succumbed to their propaganda and continue to support their extremist views today. Father Daniel said: “ISIS has been defeated only militarily. Mentally, it still exists under many people who lived under their control.  “For an example, Mosul. Two million people lived there. They ran schools…

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Mystery Solved: Satellite images reveal lost empire in Afghanistan

The new discovery by archaeologists comes from decades of spy satellites and drones. Among the findings include huge caravanserai or outposts used by Silk Road travellers that were buried by the desert sands. The archaeological sites are too dangerous to explore in person so the new approach, which is funded by a $2 million grant from the US State Department, enables researchers to study Afghanistan’s archaeological heritage safely, experts said in November at a meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Washington, DC. David Thomas, an archaeologist at…

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5 years after Sandy Hook, gun control groups still looking for big win

In the months after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a number of gun violence prevention groups sprung into existence, vowing to fight for stronger gun control measures. But five years after the devastating massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the body count from mass shootings has only risen, and there has been no federal legislation passed that would tighten gun control laws and background checks. Organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Giffords have seen multiple rounds of consolidation, staff turnover and a…

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Massive Great White Shark, Mary Lee, Tracked For Five Years, Goes Silent

In September 2012, researchers put a tracking device on a 3,456-pound great white shark and named her Mary Lee. Now, after five years of tracking, the signal has gone silent. No one has heard from the animal in six months. Has the 50-year-old shark bit the dust? Probably not, says Chris Fischer, who leads ocean research expeditions and was part of the team that caught and tagged her. “She’s fine,” Fischer tweeted. “Just batteries done in her tag. She’s been amazing for sharks, science and the future. Now time to…

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California wildfires: Firefighter killed while battling flames northwest of Los Angeles

Comrades saluted as the flag-draped remains of Cory Iverson, 32, were driven out of the fire zone in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, in a hearse. They paused in tribute on roadsides and overpasses as a mark of respect. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, during a community meeting, said: “Cory Iverson … made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others.” Meanwhile, California Governor Jerry Brown, in a statement, said: “Anne and I are saddened by Engineer Cory Iverson’s tragic death. “His bravery and years of committed service…

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Monster Sharks: Four Fierce Giants That Rival Greenland's Ancient Beast

Sharks have been making headlines recently after a 2016 report of a Greenland shark that was around 512 years old resurfaced this week. In November, a dinosaur-era frilled shark was on our minds. The ocean’s deadliest sharp-toothed predator are both loved and feared. They are also an incredibly diverse and successful group, appearing in the fossil records millions of years before dinosaurs and even insects. Here are just a few of the most terrifying examples of sharks from across time. Only the jaws of megalodon fossilized, but put to the…

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Joe Biden: How the Sandy Hook Families Give Me Strength

‘Around Christmas, I remember my daughter Naomi and my son Beau—just as I know the Sandy Hook families do’ More On December 14, 2012, 20 first-graders and 6 educators were murdered by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. President Obama and I still talk about how that day was the saddest day we had in the White House. Five years later, the families of the victims are the definition of character, consequence — and courage. And I know it has taken courage. I know no matter…

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The Biggest Controversies From Betsy DeVos' First Year

From school choice to campus sexual assault More Before she was even sworn in as Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos emerged as one of the most controversial members of the Trump Administration. Her confirmation required a historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence after every Senate Democrat and two Senate Republicans voted against her. In the months since, like many others in the Trump Administration, DeVos has set about rolling back Obama-era policies, from Title IX guidance on campus sexual assault to regulations on for-profit colleges. She quickly found support…

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